THURSDAY 23 APRIL UPDATE

This was a difficult day. Actually it was really quite right till about 1 o’clock; we were getting on with lots of daily chores. I think we spoke too soon when we said it would be a quiet day because then they started coming for the big oak – the last oak in the crackley woods –  where we held our tree houses for 9 days. It’s the last tree really in that wildlife corridor, and we made a conscious effort to watch it and be with it. 

Some people got up to the fences and were pretty much surrounded by securities and by the national eviction team. But we made it a thing to witness it and to live stream and be with it as it fell. It was a 150 or 200 year old oak tree. They chainsawed the bottom to take out a little notch and then the big JCB with gave one nudge with its articulated arm, and it cracked to the ground and broke! 

It broke our hearts…  

You know we have been in that woodlands, and played in that woodlands, and we have been with the trees and to just see and to hear that last oak go was really emotional. You know it’s all or nothing really. We can sit down and avoid the chainsaws for only a certain amount of time. But if we do look, we have to really witness and feel every part of it and watch… and be with that tree as it was killed.

Later this afternoon we put up three more platforms. We have put them up in a farsighted compound and we have got four people up there tonight. It’s quite a nice peaceful night. We are sitting around the fire singing and playing. The feeling on camp is great at the moment. These emotional moments bring us together. And you know we sing, we sing for the trees, we sing for this woodland, for woodlands all around the world. So yeah, we had somebody turn up with a huge food order which was amazing – which they just donated to us. So lots of really nice healthy food to keep us going for a long while. We are truly grateful for all the wonderful support we have received from so many local people. 

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